Whitney Paige Garrison and Todd Michael Eason were united in marriage March 17, 2012, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, in a double-ring ceremony officiated by Dr. Martin Jameson.
The bride is the daughter of Carl Garrison of Greenbrier, and the late Karen Garrison. She’s the granddaughter of Billy Victory of Luxora, Ark., the late Sue Victory, and the late Dennis and Christine Garrison.
The groom is the son of Ronny and Carol Eason of Conway. He’s the grandson of Juanita Mayhugh of North Little Rock, the late Orville Mayhugh, and the late Ezra and Elsie Eason.
Wreaths with green hydrangeas marked the entrance. Foyer decorations included a crystal bowl with lilies, green spider mums, hydrangeas and greenery, a memorial candle, guest book, and photographs of the couple.
Guests were welcomed by Julie Johnson, friend of the bride, and Gale Garrison, aunt of the bride, handed out programs.
Pianist Bryan Cole played as guests were seated by Aaron DerGazarian, Jason Jersey and Adam Rockers, friends of the groom.
Aisles were marked by hurricane globes with candles and green spider mums or stands with floral arrangements of lilies, bells of Ireland, hydrangeas and roses.
Ends of the stage had iron columns with floral arrangements and the center had columns with a scroll piece holding three large floral arrangements. Two candelabras with crystal drops completed the decorations.
As Bryan played “All I Ask of You,” the groom’s grandmother was seated, followed by the bride’s grandfather. The groom escorted his mother to her seat. The bride’s father carried the bride’s mother’s bouquet placing it where she would have been seated. The bridal party entered to complete the processional.
Alli Victory, cousin of the bride, was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Danielle Clark Higgins, friend of the bride, and Courtney Eason Beal, sister of the groom. Flower girl was Lauren Dyer and ring bearer was Reed Beal, nephew of the groom. Ronny Eason served as his son’s best man. Groomsmen were Scott Eason, brother of the groom, and Wesley Beal, brother-in-law of the groom.
Rick Stapleton, of Conway Firefighters Pipes and Drums, marked the entrance of the bride, escorted by her father, by playing “Highland Cathedral,” on bagpipes.
“When God Made You,” was sung by Fred Wiedower, cousin of the bride. After exchanging vows and rings, Bryan played “Make You Feel My Love,” during the Unity Hand Ceremony.
The recessional began with “Mairi’s Wedding,” played on bagpipes.
A reception followed in the family life center. Hanging from the ceiling was a wheel wrapped in lights and alternating strands of black and white fabric draping to the sides of the room. Chinese lanterns of various sizes hung from the wheel.
Crystal candle holders or arrangements of hydrangeas, roses, lilies, and bells of Ireland were centered on tables. The buffet held large vases of similar flowers.
The buffet had a variety of hors d’oeuvres and fresh fruit.
The bride’s cake was centered under a gazebo with a chandelier and was served by Robin Clark, friend of the bride. The four-tiered white cake with buttercream icing was topped with white flowers. Flowers and greenery also surrounded the bottom. A bridal portrait was displayed.
Punch was served by Melissa Victory, aunt of the bride. Cookies with the couple’s photos and water bottles with the bride and groom’s name were available.
The groom chose chocolate cupcakes representing MLB teams, UCA Bears, and Mississippi State Bulldogs arranged on a four-tier stand, topped by a Boston Red Sox cake. Personalized M&M’s and nuts from the Memphis Peanut Shoppe were included. Memories from Red Sox games in Arlington and Kansas City as well as a foul ball the groom caught during a Memphis Redbirds game on their engagement night, a brick commemorating Boston’s 100th anniversary at Fenway and a Jason Varitek jersey were displayed.
A candy buffet designed by Janetta Duran, best friend of the bride’s late mother, had an assortment for guests to fill bags and take home. The center of the table held a bridal portrait along with letters spelling the couple’s last name.
Completing the area was a memory table of engagement pictures of the couple, wedding pictures of the bride and groom’s parents and grandparents, and a poem written by Marvell Hardy.
Michelangelo’s was the setting for the rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom’s parents.